Amy Aiming for Successful Tokyo Test
27th September 2019
Amy Truesdale aims to become one of Britain’s first-ever Para Taekwondo athletes in Japan next summer.
So, the world number one is delighted to have the chance to visit Tokyo just 11 months out from the Games and test herself against an international class field in facilities competitors will be using in 2020.
Two younger members of GB Taekwondo’s able-bodied squad, Maddison Moore (-49kg) and Mason Yarrow (-58kg) have already sampled conditions.
And while Moore, the 2019 Austrian and Luxembourg Open champion, reached the last eight, experienced Truesdale is hoping to leave the two-day Test event with a medal, preferably gold.
“I feel very privileged to be able to experience Tokyo just under one year before the Games,” said the Chester raised fighter.
“I am sure it will be a very beneficial experience and I am looking forward to seeing the contrast from Japan now to what it will be like in 2020.
“I am feeling really positive and looking forward to getting into the ring as I am using this as preparation for the European Championship next month.”
The taekwondo competition is taking place under the Ready Steady Tokyo banner, allowing organisers to assess readiness at Makuhari Messe Hall and hone preparations for next year.
Like Moore, teenager Yarrow from Doncaster represented Great Britain at the World Championships in Manchester earlier this year.
The 2015 cadet World Championship bronze medallist was one of 16 men competing at -58kg but was unable to qualify through the repechage system.